Performed by actor Peter-Mark Raphael
Get to know the writer:
What is the theme of your poem?
It’s a light-hearted parody of a very well-known poem: Cargoes by John Masefield. I updated the topic for a modern-day readership.
What motivated you to write this poem?
The idea just came to me out of the blue when I was pushing a shopping cart around a supermarket. By the time I reached the checkout I’d worked out the poem’s basic structure and thought of some of the lines. I had to keep repeating them over and over to myself until I got home and could write them down!
How long have you been writing poetry?
I’ve dabbled with it for most of my life, but it’s only during the past few years that I’ve started taking my work more seriously.
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